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Vandalism unable to deter group’s faith in community

21 May 2011 General 3 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

(DNJ) –Scott Broden

MURFREESBORO — Islamic Center of Murfreesboro volunteers who pick up trash on Bradyville Pike encountered something they can’t clean — black spray paint on their adopt a highway sign.

The culprit covered up the word Islamic on the ICM sign near mile marker 26 on a portion of state Route 99 southeast of Murfreesboro.

“It’s unfortunate that some people have this view toward Islam,” said Imam Ossama Bahloul, the religious leader for the Muslim congregation.

The act of vandalism is the latest in a string of vandalism directed at the congregation and its plans to build a new mosque on Veals Road, which is off Bradyville Pike. In January 2010, a vandal spray painted “Not Welcome” on the congregation’s sign announcing its future site. Another sign on the site was later broken in half and someone torched construction equipment on the site last summer.

The center obtained a building permit Friday to get started onconstruction of its new mosque, beginning with 12,300 square feet.

To make a difference in the community, the ICM entered into a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to volunteer four times this year to clean up two miles of Bradyville Pike between mile markers 24 and 26, said ICM member Ihsan Ansari.

He led a group of seven members in early April in cleaning trash from the road and its ditches even before the state, at no cost to the Muslim congregation, erected a pair of signs acknowledging that the ICM adopted this portion of the highway.

Another volunteer crew will go out sometime during the first two weeks in June, Ansari said.

Community service is something I love doing,” said Ansari, noting that helping the community is a way to purify one’s soul. “Many of our Muslims always give back. Muslims are part of the community and only want to enhance and better the community instead of defacing and tearing it down.”

Only one other sign of spray paint appeared between mile markers 24 and 26 along Bradyville Pike, and it was in blue swirls on a tan wall of what appeared to be an old, abandoned Dilton Store at the intersection of Dilton-Mankin Road.

Original post: Vandalism unable to deter group’s faith in community


  1. Well now I see East Tennessee has not changed since I left there in 1955. Pity, one would think That some how people would learn from their past. Guess not. I know not all people are what we called rednecks but even a small group seems to need their 15 minutes of shame. So my dear friends who are NOT rednecks stand up for what you know is right. Stand by those who are being oppressed by this small group. Those of the Islamic faith in Murfreesboro DID NOT cause 9/11 nor are they terrorist. Extremist members of that faith did that just as you are not responsible for the vandalism and harrassment of this faith community but extremist members of your community are. So good citizens of your community be brave, take courage and stand with this small group.

  2. Not surprising, considering that, historically, the South has been the cradle of prejudice and hatred in the U.S.

  3. [2.78] And there arc among them illiterates who know not the Book but only lies, and they do but conjecture.
    [2.79] Woe, then, to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may take for it a small price; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.
    [2.80] And they say: Fire shall not touch us but for a few days. Say: Have you received a promise from Allah, then Allah will not fail to perform His promise, or do you speak against Allah what you do not know?
    [2.81] Yeal whoever earns evil and his sins beset him on every side, these are the inmates of the fire; in it they shall abide.
    [2.82] And (as for) those who believe and do good deeds, these are the dwellers of the garden; in it they shall abide.
    [2.83] And when We made a covenant with the children of Israel: You shall not serve any but Allah and (you shall do) good to (your) parents, and to the near of kin and to the orphans and the needy, and you shall speak to men good words and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate. Then you turned back except a few of you and (now too) you turn aside.
    [2.84] And when We made a covenant with you: You shall not shed your blood and you shall not turn your people out of your cities; then you gave a promise while you witnessed.
    [2.85] Yet you it is who slay your people and turn a party from among you out of their homes, backing each other up against them unlawfully and exceeding the limits; and if they should come to you, as captives you would ransom them– while their very turning out was unlawful for you. Do you then believe in a part of the Book and disbelieve in the other? What then is the re ward of such among you as do this but disgrace in the life of this world, and on the day of resurrection they shall be sent back to the most grievous chastisement, and Allah is not at all heedless of what you do.

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